On Oct. 19, a special group of college superheroes invaded the Headstart program at Westby Elementary School to recognize and honor Eastyn Skala, a young man with a contagious smile and heart of gold, who is battling cancer with the spirit of a superhero.

The visit was inspired by “Love Your Melon Day” an event designed to raise awareness of the never-ending goal to end childhood cancer and promote the importance of therapeutic treatment programs for cancer victims.

Donations raised through the sale of Love Your Melon hats helps fund therapeutic entertainment programs at children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses nationally and allows volunteer superheroes to swoop in a save the day for special children whose life has been turned upside down by cancer.

In 2012, the Love Your Melon non-profit foundation was founded in an entrepreneurship class at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota by two friends, Zachary and Brian. Their mission is to place a special hat on every child battling cancer in America. To date, they have succeeded in placing hats on thousands of young cancer victims and have raised and donated millions of dollars to pediatric cancer research through the sale of Love Your Melon merchandise.

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Westby Times editor

Dorothy Robson is editor of the Westby Times. Contact her at 608-637-5625.

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